Shoulder Release Pose

posted by Nancy Nelson

We are excited to announce February’s #IYPOM (Inspire Yoga Pose of the Month) – Shoulder Release pose. This pose is mere magic for releasing tension in the shoulder and neck. It’s wonderful after a long day at the office or to incorporate into your morning routine after a rough night’s sleep.

Here’s what recent Inspire Yoga 200HR Graduate Karen (pictured) had to say about the pose:

“Shoulder release pose is one of my favourite poses. I love it so much that I make time for it on a nightly basis. Usually tension builds up from a full day of slouching, making it nearly impossible for me to sleep. This pose serves as a great counter pose for shoulder slumping, and it also increases shoulder mobility. My nights are more restful and my body is happier all thanks to this pose.”

Directions:

Option A at the wall…

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Facing the wall, extend the right arm to the right about 90 degrees from the body. Place the left hand under the left shoulder for support.
Begin to gently press into the left hand to rotate the body and roll the right side body on the wall. Keep the hand there for support or you can relax it at your side.
Begin to gently press into the left hand to rotate the body and roll the right side body on the wall. Keep the hand there for support or you can relax it at your side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option B on your belly…

Start on your belly. Extend the right arm to the right side at 90 degrees and plant the left hand under the left shoulder. Begin to bend the left knee.
Start on your belly. Extend the right arm to the right side at 90 degrees and plant the left hand under the left shoulder. Begin to bend the left knee.
Slowly press into the left hand and roll yourself toward the right side body.
Slowly press into the left hand and roll yourself toward the right side body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant the left leg behind the right or you can stack the legs on top of each other. Rest the head down.
Plant the left leg behind the right or you can stack the legs on top of each other. Rest the head down.
If you don't need the left hand for support, you can place it behind your back for extra release.
If you don’t need the left hand for support, you can place it behind your back for extra release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use a blanket to support the head for additional comfort and safety.
You can use a blanket to support the head for additional comfort and safety.
If you want a deeper stretch in the shoulders, you can try to interlace the two hands together (keeping them 90 degrees from the body). You can use a strap for this bind.
If you want a deeper stretch in the shoulders, you can try to interlace the two hands together (keeping them 90 degrees from the body). You can use a strap for this bind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A new #IYPOM (Inspire Yoga Pose of the Month) is introduced on our Instagram the first day of each month. You are then invited to join in with us by posting your own interpretation of the pose and a short thought or inspiration that you receive from the particular posture that month. Make sure to use hashtag #IYPOM so we can see your pictures! Each month, one person (who shared and hashtagged) will be chosen to win an exclusive Inspire Yoga merchandise prize!

All you have to do is be willing to share! 

Life has not been the same since finding Inspire Yoga in 2012. After the loss of a close friend, I found my mat to be a soft place to land in a difficult season of life. After attending classes consistently, I pursued the Inspire Yoga 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and now hold my IYS500 certification as well as E-RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. I love sharing yoga with people and getting to offer a space for them to be just as they are - whether broken, joyful, happy, uncertain ...there is a space for you here at Inspire Yoga. My blog posts are a reflection of my passion for yoga and how it has impacted my life in such a healing way. I am the studio director at Inspire Yoga Denton and love doing life with such an amazing community! Outside of yoga, I am wife to Colin and mama to our sweet dog Ama. My faith makes me who I am.

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